The mysterious disappearance of Flies.


Are the flies being courteous? Just when many of us decided to bunker down underground to avoid flies, they have now just as suddenly gone. Not a fly to be seen. I looked underneath the budding Hydrangeas. Apart from lounging around our worm-farm, this used to be their most favourite spot to congregate, plan their next course of action. Only this morning I still noticed a large black one, head down, still spinning around maniacally on the tiled sitting-room floor. He was obviously in their species well known and peculiar death-rite so common in the Australian fly.

There is only so much flies can put up with, not least getting doused with the much feared ‘knock-down’ spray. Forgive me giving the masculine version. I wonder if flies too have multi genders? I would not be surprised. They certainly are heading towards euthanasia. That is for sure. One can tell by the way they line up around my hand held ‘knock down’ weapon. Mortein Fly Spray, the fast loading Adler shotgun of the fly spray. Flies get depressed in Australia. Is it the Turnbull factor?

The real reason for their sudden disappearance goes deeper than love of fly spray or fly-lust for Mrs Euthanasia. We had a great change of weather last night. A Southerly Change. It is the Australia’s version of manna from heaven during relentless heat waves. Just when all hope is gone, despair seeped in, and all energy sapped by heat, that salvation is at hand; The Southerly Change. People regain the spring in their steps, tentative shopping at Aldi gets renewed, some even walk around at random, fly-sprays put back in the cupboard. Can you believe it?

There was Carol singing at our local Bradman Cricket Park. At the end of the singing they promised to let off fire-works. What fireworks have to do with Christmas escapes me. Perhaps a lure for people to turn up! In any case, it was very loud, and Milo, our Jack Russell went berserk. I don’t know what he thought of it all. On one hand he wanted to protect us but on the other hand he was so scared. He ran inside cowering near our feet. Poor thing, so brave. The last thing any Jack Russell needs, is to be thought of as being afraid.

An hour later while I was listlessly watching some incomprehensible movie on TV, named ‘Doctor Foster,’ it was thankfully interrupted by ‘no signal.’ The Southerly Change came about. Within minutes the remaining flies went underground. What is the secret of the flies withdrawal? Can someone give an explanation?

After waking this morning, watching the spinning of the last of the flies, we ventured to go outside again. A miracle, a miracle. Not a single fly! Where and why have they now gone? Perhaps it is wise not to contemplate on those sort of minor issues. Surely, the Christmas spirit should exclude ruminating endlessly about the plight of flies. They have a right to live and I am sure fulfil some kind of need the same as other creatures. Theirs must be of some benefit to mankind, even if just to clean up the mess of others. Many years ago, I heard that for Australia to get rid of flies we should all be eagerly breeding dung beetles. Apparently, they consume dung like no one else. Does anyone know where one can buy dung beetles?
They might make a good Christmas present


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11 Responses to “The mysterious disappearance of Flies.”

  1. Yvonne Says:

    Last year, we were overwhelmed by the fly population. Everyone said “Not enough dung beetles.” This year, I’ve only had 2 in the house. There’s no doubt been a revival of those wonderful dung beetles, chowing down on fly larvae. Bewdy, mate.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Yvonne. Long live the dung beetle, the unsung hero of the ‘outback’ or ‘beyond the black stump.’
      No flies today, and we are getting ready for our walk.
      There our many varieties of dung beetles.
      If one carefully turn a fresh cow-pat, one might surprise dung beetle hoeing into it.

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  2. leggypeggy Says:

    Same here. Not too many flies bothered me on this morning’s dog walk.

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  3. GP Cox Says:

    Nature reacts strangely sometimes, eh?

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, I am sure that scientists have an explanation for fly behaviour. I always admire those people who specialise in a narrow field of science, such as fly species and behaviours.
      One insect, the fire-ant, is now of great concern in Australia. They have been found somewhere in Australia’s Brisbane. We never had the fire ant before.
      The farmers are really nervous of this creature.

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      • GP Cox Says:

        Those fire ants can put you into shock. It’s as though they have a plan, they wait until all are on board and the someone yells – charge!! You need to quick put on alcohol or white vinegar.

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  4. shoreacres Says:

    So: the flies flew — or burrowed, or died, or perhaps jumped aboard a fleeing dog, running off its fleas in the process. In any event, I’m glad they’re gone. Life must be far more pleasant at this point.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, calm has returned, Linda. For the time being. We can walk the streets again without waving our arms or wearing gauzed hats. For some reason, perhaps climatic, flies tend to want to land on our faces, ears, mouths, noses. Perhaps they seek moisture.
      Anyway, let’s just enjoy and take a fly-free day at a time.

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  5. Happy Go lucky Says:

    They like moisture ! There lies the answer. Just about everyone these days lugs a bottle of water (if not coke) around – right ? So more flies are around for that reason and when the weather cools, people don’t carry bottles of water so much and the flies hide, especially in hydraenga bushes !! There is no charge for this, my pleasure.


  6. Forestwoodfolkart Says:

    Those pesky things do like the sweat on our bodies I think, which must smell like food to them? I hate the damn things. The humidity brings them out even more. Summer in sub tropical australia often smells like rotting garbage, so I love the cool changes.


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